He executed the plan in the absence
of the king and used the treasure when he was away at Vijayanagar.
When the construction was almost finished and it was being supervised
the king returned and found the treasure empty. The king ordered,
as a punishment to this heinous crime, that he should be blinded.
The treasurer being a loyal person carried out the punishment spot
with his own bands.
Even today one can see two dark stains
upon the wall near the 'Kalyana Mandapa', which are said to be the
marks made by his eyes, which he himself dashed against the wall.
The builder did not survive for a long time and the village is called "Lepa-akshi
Lepakshi", i.e., a village of the blinded eye.
The temple is divided into three parts
- the 'Mukha Mandapa', (also called 'Nitya Mandapa' or 'Ranga Mandapa'),
the 'Artha Mandapa' and 'Garbha Griha', and the 'Kalyana Mandapa',
with 38 carved monolithic pillars in grey sandstone is unfinished.
These three form a triangle with a common Mandapam.
As per local legend Lord Shiva and Parvati
were married on the spot where the Kalyana Mandapa stands. The temple
is surrounded on all sides by an outer enclosure. A second inner
enclosure contains the main portion of the temple. Its finest parts
are the 'Natya' (Dancing) and 'Ardha' (worship) Mandapas. The former
is decorated with superbly sculptured pillars on, which are carved
life-size representations of musicians and dancers in various poses
displaying spirit and vigour. The Kalyana Mandapam is a standing
monument to the exuberance of Vijayanagar art but it is left unfinished.
The best specimens of the Vijayanagar
style of sculpture and mural paintings are found in the Natya and
Kalyana Mandapams (dance and wedding halls). These sculptures depict
puranic episodes like those of 'Ananthasayana', 'Dattatreya', 'Chaturmukha
Bramha', 'Tumburu', 'Narada' and 'Rambha'.